Meet our Staff


Adel Thalos


Pastor Adel Thalos was born in Egypt, grew up in Denver, CO and graduated from Denver Theological Seminary. He is married to Lynne and they have three adult sons, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. After serving 25 years in pastoral ministry and teaching at universities, The Lord called them into transitional/revitalization ministry within the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where they have been serving for the last four years.


Elaine Vassmer

Music Director

Using Psalm 150 as her theme for Barbee’s music, Elaine Vassmer comes with a BME (music education) degree from UCM. Married to Jim, they are parents of 2 sons and grandparents of 2 granddaughters.  Elaine is busy as an educator of gifted students, part-time babysitter of the little girls and music director of Barbee’s choirs. If you love music, Barbee has a place for you! 
See our MUSIC page for all the options Barbee has to offer.


Carol Spencer

Administrative Assistant

Carol Spencer has been our administrative assistant since October 2014.  She came to us after retiring from the Excelsior Springs School District where she worked in the District Office.  Carol has been a member of Barbee since May 2005 and has served as a deacon, an elder, the past moderator of the Small Groups ministry team, and the past treasurer of the JOY Women’s Ministry team.  She has been the moderator of the Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool Ministry team for the past nine years.  When the Preschool Director resigned in 2014, Carol volunteered to take on the position of Administrative Director.  She also handles the all of the financial duties for the Preschool.  She has been married to her husband, Bill, for 50 years and they have two grown children and five grandchildren.  For those that know Carol, know that she is a devoted Texas Longhorn football fan.  Carol considers anything she does for the church or the preschool an honor because it is ALL God’s work.


Debbie Lehmann


Debbie Lehmann has been our Organist / Pianist at Barbee Memorial for the past 3 years. She grew up in Liberty and received her degree in Music Education from William Jewel College. Debbie taught High School choral music for a few years before going to Chicago where she served as Assistant to executives, and also held part-time music director positions with various churches. 
Debbie was married for 21 years and has two children, Mandie 38 & Ryan 34. She enjoys making a variety of craft projects, horseback riding, and singing.


Rita May

Nursery Attendant

Rita May has been our Nursery Attendant at Barbee Memorial for 3 years and she loves children!
Rita is a retired RN. She attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg KS. She has 2 grown children;  Katy, age 28, and Anthony, age 25. Rita has been married to Mark May for over 37 years.  She enjoys crocheting, reading, and volunteering at the Salvation Army during their Harvesters food drive.